Harry is one of my primary mentors, and the prime reason I now take the time and energy to write my own blog, and the many hours I spend to share the writing of others.
ALL of them are excellent, but these four of my favorite November 2014 excerpts from Harry Urban’s blog. These are on subject of diagnosis.
November 9, 2014
I have Alzheimer’s,
why do I feel so good about myself?
All the books I have read, lead me to believe I should not be happy but I should be in a state of depression.
I should have very little ambition and just be waiting to die.
Proves how much the books know about Alzheimer’s.
I am a self motivator and believe I have a choice to be happy or not.
… there is life after diagnoses.
Tags: Dx, self-motiv, self-concept, self-respect, coping
November 17, 2014
There is no doubt summer is over, fall is winding down and winter is poking it’s head in. Now is when my anxiety goes up wondering what I am going to do over the long winter days. I certainly don’t want to go outside and sit under my leafless tree but one thing is fore sure, I need to keep busy.
I got my love of woodworking to keep me busy making Christmas ornaments and of course listening to Christmas music. I want to put more of my thoughts on dementia on paper and document my journey along the path of Alzheimer’s I learn that
if I keep myself busy both physically and mentally …
the cold hard days of winter
will pass without the depression I usually get.
My life is making another change and I need to adapt to it. I believe that is
the secret to living a happy life while living with my disease,
you have to adapt to the changes and not fight them.
Before I know it, my first seed catalog will arrive and I will start the new cycle.
Tags: adapt, active, coping
November 20, 2014
We take so much for granite, we never think about the things that will slowly be taken away from us. We never think about how difficult it is just getting up in the morning or wondering where we are. We never think about it until it happens to us. We look at our loved ones and they no longer remember us. Then we know what this disease is all about.
Now how would you feel if you know you are forgetting important things but can’t make a list of what they are. I know I was once able to do something but can’t remember how to do it today. I can’t even form a plan in my head because of my lack of concentration.
I smile and pretend it doesn’t bother me but inside I know I was once able to do that and
it is tearing me apart.
I get frustrated because my life is slipping away
and I’m watching it slide away
knowing there is nothing that will prevent it.
I love the Holiday spirit because it may be the last one I remember, that I will never take for granted.
Tags: grief, symptms
November 25, 2014
The little boy in me wants it to snow so bad but the person that gets to clean it up never wants to see it snow again. That’s the way it is with some fantasies, it is nice to dream about them but nasty when they come true. I get so excited waiting on something to happen and so sad when it does.
They say with age, comes wisdom, but not in my case. …
the little boy keeps creeping out …
I am not ashamed or embarrassed by this little boy
because I come to realize this is the new me.
There is nothing you can do to alter the change so adapt to it and lets both be happy.
Tags: snow, child-like, coping
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